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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Driver Test (6 May 2021) See 1 other result from this debate

Michael Collins: I have spoken to driving instructors in west Cork. They feel they were disowned in this crisis. The responses given by the RSA to instructors were either non-existent or were childish during this pandemic. The RSA takes a fee of €250 per instructor every two years for registration. It never answers regarding what that money is spent on. It is definitely not spent on correspondence...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Covid-19 Pandemic (6 May 2021)

Hildegarde Naughton: As part of the broader easing of restrictions across Irish society I can confirm that the gradual reopening of the driving instruction industry will commence from the 10th of May. Initial Basic Training (IBT) for all learner motorcyclists may resume from that date. The Road Safety Authority will be contacting motorcycle instructors over the course of the week with further details of these...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Covid-19 Pandemic (5 May 2021) See 2 other results from this answer

Robert Troy: 165. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when driving instructors will be allowed to facilitate EDT driving lessons (details supplied). [22620/21]

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (29 Apr 2021)

Mattie McGrath: There is a significant issue with regard to theory tests, driving lessons and driving tests being unavailable. This is causing large backlogs in many sectors of industry. This is very important for young people who wish to train as paramedics and nurses and who want to drive to college. They want to get their lessons, get on the road and play their part in the recovery of our economy....

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test (29 Apr 2021) See 1 other result from this answer

Charles Flanagan: 13. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when he expects driver tests to resume for persons that have completed the EDT; if additional driving instructors will be recruited to eliminate the backlog when tests resume; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22365/21]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test (28 Apr 2021)

Hildegarde Naughton: The provision of driving  instruction has been defined in legislation introduced by my colleague, the Minister for Health,  as an essential service that may continue under level 5 restrictions, albeit in extremely limited circumstances. Both Essential Driver Training (EDT) for cars and Initial Basic Training (IBT) for motorcycles are currently suspended. Approved...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test (28 Apr 2021)

Eamon Ryan: During the level 5 period, driving tests will be available only to those who are involved in essential services, including essential retail work.  Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) may continue to provide lessons, but only in such circumstances where the learner in question has already been scheduled a test date. While I fully appreciate the inconvenience this poses, I must...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Licences (22 Apr 2021)

Hildegarde Naughton: ...Ireland with a non-exchange licence, we have no option but to require them to go through the process of obtaining an Irish licence. This is a matter of public safety. While many may have a safe driving record, we have no way of measuring this.  At present, people with a full but non-exchange licence go through the normal driver learning process but can avail of the...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Covid-19 Pandemic (21 Apr 2021)

Hildegarde Naughton: Under level 5 restrictions, Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) may continue to provide lessons, but only in such circumstances where the learner in question has already been scheduled a test date. Essential Driver Training (EDT) is thus currently suspended. While my Department is fully aware of the difficulties that this poses for essential workers who have not yet completed their 12 EDT...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test (21 Apr 2021) See 1 other result from this answer

Michael Creed: ...driver tests for urgent work related issues; the way these applicants can be accommodated in the current Covid-19 context; if he will address the way this cohort can reach the required number of driving lessons from an approved driving instructor before being eligible to apply for a driver licence in such circumstances; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18662/21]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Covid-19 Pandemic (21 Apr 2021)

Hildegarde Naughton: ...submitted a proposal to my Department for a further extension to IBT certificates. This is currently being worked on within my Department. An update is expected shortly. The provision of driving instruction has been defined in legislation introduced by my colleague, the Minister for Health, as an essential service that may continue under level 5 restrictions, albeit in extremely...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Covid-19 Pandemic (21 Apr 2021)

Hildegarde Naughton: I propose to take Questions Nos. 342 and 343 together. The provision of driving instruction has been defined in legislation introduced by my colleague, the Minister for Health, as an essential service that may continue under level 5 restrictions, albeit in extremely limited circumstances. Both Essential Driver Training (EDT) for cars and Initial Basic Training (IBT) for motorcycles...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Covid-19 Pandemic (21 Apr 2021) See 1 other result from this answer

Thomas Pringle: 412. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason the licensed portal for NDI approved driving instructors is closed while it is still allowing the portal for essential workers to request an invitation for a driver test through the RSA website (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19907/21]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Covid-19 Pandemic (21 Apr 2021)

Hildegarde Naughton: ...All public health regulations and guidelines must be strictly adhered to and operational and cockpit procedures of the flight school must be in line with HSE Covid procedures. The provision of driving instruction has been defined in legislation as an essential service. Under level 5 measures, Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) may continue to provide lessons, but only in such...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test (21 Apr 2021) See 1 other result from this answer

Neale Richmond: 367. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he has considered the suggestion of the approved driving instructors to allow candidates who are deemed suitable to take their driver test without the need to complete 12 lessons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19340/21]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test (21 Apr 2021)

Hildegarde Naughton: The extension of Covid-19 level 5 restrictions by Government means that the Driver Theory Test continues to be suspended and Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) may continue to provide lessons, but only in such circumstances where the learner in question has already been scheduled a test date. While I fully appreciate the inconvenience this poses, I must emphasise, that this decision...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test (21 Apr 2021) See 1 other result from this answer

Thomas Pringle: 411. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when the licensed portal for NDI approved driver instructors will be opened again to allow instructors to upload lessons completed by persons awaiting a driving test and for persons who require medical assessment lessons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19906/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Vaccination Programme (21 Apr 2021)

Thomas Pringle: 2120. To ask the Minister for Health when the 1,700 NDI approved driving instructors will receive a Covid-19 vaccination (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19905/21]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test (1 Apr 2021)

Éamon Ó Cuív: 51. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when it is planned to allow driver instructors to recommence in-car driving instruction, in view of the large number of persons who need to learn to drive, particularly front-line workers in rural areas without good public transport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17855/21]

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